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History of United Electric


United Electric Co-op Inc. is a member owned nonprofit cooperative which was incorporated on June 27, 1997 as a result of the consolidation of Unity Light & Power in Burley, Idaho and Rural Electric Company in Rupert, Idaho.  United Electric began functional operations as one utility January 1, 1998.


The Board of Directors from each cooperative were combined to form the new eight (8) member board. Bruce Beck is President, David Phillips is Vice-President and Cordell Searle is Secretary/Treasurer. United Electric employs twenty-four (24) full time employees.


United Electric Co-op is located at 1330 21st Street, Heyburn, Idaho 83336. United Electric provides service to both Minidoka and Cassia counties with approximately 571 miles of line and 6,407 customers with a projected growth rate of 1%. Residential usage is 32% of our power sales, General Service 21%, Industrial 23% and Irrigation 23%. Our annual operating revenue is $16 million and our annual KWH sales are 276 million. United Electric pays a total of $190,700 in property taxes to Cassia and Minidoka counties.


A current United Electric Co-op rate schedule can be found here.


United Electric is a member of several associations that keep us up to date on the issues that affect the industry. These associations include: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Idaho Consumer-Owned Utilities Association (ICUA), Idaho Energy Authority (IDEA), Northwest Irrigation Utilities (NIU), Snake River Power Association, Ruralite Services, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), Idaho Employers Council (IEC) and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

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